“Alex and Madelaine had to cancel their big beautiful wedding due to the COVID. They had a small intimate backyard wedding in the bride’s parents house instead. All their guests as well as the groom’s family in Canada joined them virtually using Zoom.”
A pretty and rustic styled wedding inspiration at Linwood Country Club, New Jersey. Pretty flowers, jewellery, doughnuts, and a gorgeous venue. This is all the inspiration you need for a lovely intimate wedding.
High school sweethearts seal the deal in a wedding at Merchant’s Hall venue located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston! Amy & Xouchee’s love story began in middle school!! How sweet is that!! They started out as locker buddies at the age of 11, became close friends around 15, and then fell in love at 17! Over the years, their love has endured long distance and a cross country move to South Carolina. The sweethearts have been together for a decade now and have built a wonderful life in Charleston. In fact, they just bought their first home together! Nowadays, they spend their time working on home improvement projects (so many trips to Lowe’s), beach walks, and Wednesday date nights.
Amy knew the moment her and Xouchee became friends that he was special. He always went above and beyond to make sure she felt loved and cared for, even before they officially started dating. The surprise proposal came right before they were about to go home to Wisconsin for Christmas last year. They had planned to have their own personal celebration before they started the craziness of holiday traveling. They went for a nice dinner downtown and afterwards decided to walk around and enjoy the Christmas lights. This is when Xouchee proposed under the glowing lights of the big Christmas tree in Marion Square. Amy was super impressed that Xouchee was able to surprise her! She absolutely adored the stunning ring he had picked out for her. Furthermore, the timing made for such a special holiday season home sharing the good news with their loved ones.
Before the big day, Amy met with me for a bridal portrait session. It’s a popular bridal tradition in the South. I just adore the one on one time I got to have with her! And what bride doesn’t want to wear her dress twice! It was also a perfect time for Amy’s hair and makeup trial. Amy was very smart and booked her venue as our portrait location. It was a good move as it was an overcast and rainy day too! If you haven’t visited Merchant’s Hall near the historic market in downtown Charleston you should. It’s a real show stopper with multiple crystal chandeliers, original wood columns, and exposed brick walls. When the rain took a break, we took to the street to get some bridal portraits with a historic downtown Charleston Wedding vibe as well.
Charleston Wedding Day
Merchant’s Hall was a perfect choice of wedding venue for giving out of town guests a little taste of historic downtown Charleston. Some other Charleston elements were sprinkled throughout the decor and food. For example, gilded oyster shells were used for the table place settings and sea shell tea light candles were wedding favors! The decor was simple but elegant with hues of blush, gold, ivory, and greenery. Guests were spoiled with donuts for dessert, a favorite of the groom who has a big sweet tooth! Overall, this highly anticipated union was a perfect fusion of two people from very different cultural/religious backgrounds coming together. Because of COVID their celebration was smaller than expected, looked different, but it was definitely all theirs!
The gardens of this contemporary Athenian villa located in the northern part of Athens sets the scene for this rustic glam inspired wedding editorial. An intimate setting where plush-green Hedera and the character of the Mediterranean pine trees creates an ambiance of a cheerful and fresh vibe that captures a subtle touch of timeless romance.
Stelios Tsikas Photography and team choose to showcase a primary color palette bringing together design elements of a garden setting for any couple who feel drawn by an intimate space, with an interesting play on texture and color. We could not resist adding a bursting flare of cuteness to the story with our couple honoring their furry friends as members of the family, bringing together a playful touch of happiness and personality! Capturing special moments like this makes our heart skip a beat! We drew inspiration from 3 different bridal gowns for a creative fusion of style, while featuring an unconventional spin to “mix and match” by displaying two different tableware settings.
A Classic yet romantic aura emanates with this boho-chic nude wedding dress! Handcrafted with silk tulle and embroidered with French Guipure lace elicits a delicate softness. The table, chairs and carpet provoke the rustic display of textures, as a light and clean sentiment enhances the vibrant colors of the floral center piece.
The mood and emotion shift with a luxurious journey into Regal elegance. Hand crafted in silk tule and embroidered with French lace, reveal intricate details by hand beaded crystal, feathers, and pearls. This is where inspiration shows an alternative twist on “mix and match” by pairing the Imperial Lomonosov Russian Porcelain (St. Petersburg 1744) tableware against the rustic texture of the table. A breezy atmosphere of delicately designed flower arrangements complements the decorative mood of the Ginger Jars. A dreamy twist on the traditional bouquet is given with the impressive addition of the pampas. Our wedding cake designers featured an elegantly blended hand painted work of art with details prompted by the Ginger Jars.
A fairy tale boho-chic wedding dress handcrafted with silk tulle and asymmetric ruffles and French lace compliment a stunning floral head piece that proclaims a bold statement of ethereal magic bringing to life whimsical feelings of warmth, through natures warm tones. We had a lot of fun creating this styled shoot and we are so grateful for the creative ideas everyone on the team brought to life.
Katie and Carter were married in Downtown Minneapolis at the Neu Neu. It was such a perfect fall day in MN! The couple opted to do a first look prior to their ceremony which is always one of my favorite moments to capture as a photographer! The colors in the floral and wedding party attire were beyond perfect and just a dream! During their ceremony Katie’s mom & Carter’s dad both read something special and the brothers of Carter performed a song. There was not a dry eye in the building! Following the ceremony guest enjoyed dinner, donuts and dancing!
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Our inspiration was to keep everything authentic and simple. We went with traditional fall colors for our color palette – burgundy, sage green, mustard yellow, and burnt orange. The bridal party chose their own outfits in one of the colors. It was fun to have an array of outfits (dresses, skirts, jumpsuits) in different colors.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: The space was so gorgeous that we didn’t need very much decoration! We had cafe lighting and hanging lights on the brick wall that was our backdrop for the ceremony which made the space feel pretty magical. Katie’s dad built a wooden arch and our florist added some floral pieces to it which was stunning. Our centerpieces for the tables were vases from thrift stores with flowers from Trader Joe’s and one of our friends made our table runners.
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: The flowers were one of our favorite parts of the day! We just told our florist what our color palette was and then let her do her magic. She created gorgeous and whimsical pieces for our bouquets, boutonnieres, and ceremony arch. She used dahlias, ranunculus, eucalyptus, roses, among other flowers and greenery, and beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons in burnt orange and sage green for the bouquets. All of the flowers were absolutely perfect and were really a key part of our decor for the day.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: We personalized our wedding by having our families involved. Our parents did readings and Carter’s brothers played guitar and sang during the ceremony. Our favorite part was probably the dancing. We didn’t have a DJ, and Carter spent months crafting the perfect playlist. We asked all of our guests for song recommendations, and it was so much fun to watch people when their song came on. All of our friends love to dance, so it was a blast.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Katie picked her wedding dress because it was comfortable. She liked that the color and pattern was different from anything she had seen. Her dress was a fit and flare with a tawny lining and ivory lace that had different embroidered motifs. It had sheer tulle on the back with buttons and a long train. She chose navy blue suede sandals with block heels, minimal jewelry, and opted to not wear a veil. Carter wore a navy blue suit with a white shirt, burgundy paisley tie, and brown shoes.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We met when we were both attending Luther College in Decorah, IA. Six years later, Carter proposed while we were camping at a state park in the fall. We were sitting around the campfire and then he got down on one knee with a ring. Katie can’t remember a single word of what he said, but she instantly ugly cried. And said yes, obviously!
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Oh, definitely our first look. We did it in the bridal suite, and it was the sweetest, most tender moment. There were so many tears. Carter didn’t know anything about Katie’s dress so it was a big surprise.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: Take it one step at a time. It can seem daunting, but breaking everything down helps make the planning process more manageable. Remember to stop and look at the big picture. It can be easy to get caught up in the details when they won’t matter in the long run. Accept offers of help from friends and family! It makes a big difference. And lastly, don’t be afraid to go to your vendors with any questions!
Wedding didn’t go to plan? We have a classic and glamorous wedding that we hope gives you inspiration and hope for your upcoming day! For Josephine and Jon, it had rained throughout their outdoor ceremony at the Kortright Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada but they persisted and had an amazingly beautiful day anyway!
Josephine and Jon kept their wedding ceremony intimate and natural. A romantic wooden arbour covered with flowers was set up amongst the tall forest trees at . They even had their cute little doggy who they brought to be with them during their traditional ceremony. Although it was scheduled to thunderstorm that day – they persevered. Their guests held up umbrellas – pushing through the rain to witness this beautiful occasion.
Their wedding ceremony was very reminiscent of their proposal where Jon set up a picnic blanket amongst a forest. Jon had put together music, champagne and the beautiful forest scenery for that special moment. Since they love to sit outdoors together by the fire eating smores with their dogs, it only made sense that their wedding ceremony was also outdoors amongst the trees!
Even still, they kept their wedding style very classic and glamorous. Josephine wore a stunning bridal gown from and absolutely rocked it with the matching cathedral Spanish lace trim veil. She paired the look with white satin bow heels. Their gold-detailed wedding cake from was just spectacular. The entire room at was just so beautifully decorated with tall floral centrepieces and a cute little sweetheart table set up in the middle with a floral garland. As Josephine and Jon were announced into their wedding reception, the entire room cheered and surrounded them as they had their first dance as husband and wife.
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A1: Ceremony held at Kortright Centre outside at the Cathedral of Trees. The romantic setup included an asymmetrical floral arch and an aisle of floral arrangements including dahlias and silver dollar. Coming from a catholic background we decided to keep the tradition of Eucharist which is not often seen outside of the Catholic Church. We exchanged personal written vows right before exchanging rings. With all the hot weather it was bound to rain at some point! The clear umbrellas added a magical touch to the day. What was also special was that our dog had a large part in our day being one of the grooms men and sitting by our side during the ceremony. He was even dressed in a tuxedo!
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A2: classic glam, romantic Sleek design with romantic feels by Hidden Treasures Decor
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A3: romantic flowy
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A4: Antipasto served buffet with a seafood special and freshly sliced prosciutto. Seated Dinner was provided with Penne rigatoni and mushroom risotto to start and chicken served in a red wine reduction paired with baked potatoes and fresh vegetables. Reception: The Terrace HallWe had a DJ, BBBlanc, and a photo booth by Samantha Ong. WE did have a first dance surrounded by fog and our families. Our first dance is an hardly known song by the brides favorite band. The Script- Never seen anything quite like you. The couple wanted a up beat but not over played song to remember the day. A line in the song says ” I’ve stood there and all as your date to the prom” which is cute as the couple went to their respective proms together as well. Our top 3 wedding details:The dress by Pnina Tornai was mouth watering and exactly what I had imagined. It made me feel beautiful and sexy. The lace was unlike anything I have ever seen!The flowers were gorgeous and the head table piece was outstanding! It looked so magical and brought the whole room together. The cake looked just as amazing as it tasted! We are so looking forward to our first wedding anniversary to get into it again! – Nadia and Co.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail. A5: Louboutons bridal shoes were not so comfy but oh so cute. The flower boy brought the ring down the aisle in a glass box filled with the dried petals of the corsages from both our proms where we went together!
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A6: We’ve been together since before high school lol! We’ve been each others firsts everything and each others only love. We’ve been together over 10 years. He proposed a year ago in April! We went for a walk in the forest at his moms house and he set up a picnic blanket with music and champagne and proposed with a beautiful scenery behind.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A7: Our favourite 3 moments: Speeches! We loved hearing our best man and maid of honour shower us with praise and also make us laugh and cry as we reminisced on old memories. Our first dance was exactly what I wanted it to be; just the two of u! We felt like we were on another planet by the end of it and it was the first alone time we had since becoming husband and wife. It felt like how I wanted to spend the rest of eternity feeling like. Getting ready with my bridesmaids was really fun listening to music talking about the day and just having fun. Nothing like girl talk to talk down a nervous bride!
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day? A8: There were financial challenges as the brides taste is bigger then her bite! We definitely went over budget under estimating the costs of all the small things that add up to big things.PACK A CURLER!I forgot to pack a curler and due to the rain my hair went from curly to straight by the reception.I freaedk out it my suite and even cried but figured it all out. Definitely not worth the tears but better be safe then sorry. I highly suggest planning a day that you would be happy with and forget all other input including parents. They want the best for you but sometimes they do not know you as well as they think they do! Do what makes you both happy as in the end you are becoming husband and wife!
Dreaming of a destination European wedding? We have you! This incredibly gorgeous wedding that took place at Casale de Pasquinelli in Tuscany, Italy makes us all want to travel over there right now!
From the Bride Peri:
“Sean and I were best friends before falling madly in love one summer 5 years ago. We had grown up together as small children but lost touch as we got older and went our separate ways… off to different high schools and colleges. Surprisingly enough, both of our parents are high school sweethearts and the four of them have been friends since they were kids. So, Sean and I have always been in each other’s lives. You can imagine everyone’s excitement when we got engaged! It has been such an incredible journey made even more special by all the history our families share.
When it came to planning our wedding, we had no idea where to start! We both come from big, loud, crazy families and just wanted to create the most love-filled magical celebration we could ever imagine. We realized we wanted more than just one night, we wanted an experience that would allow us to make countless, lasting memories with the ones we love most.
I started googling “big estates you can get married on” when I stumbled upon Casale de’ Pasquinelli. We immediately fell in love with this stunning property located on the hills of Lucca in Tuscany, surrounded by oaks and olive trees. The apartments enjoy a spectacular view over the plain of Lucca, and its peaceful and rustic surroundings looked both natural and elegant. However, being from New Jersey, thought to ourselves “okay, this could never work it’s too crazy of an idea!”. Five minutes later we were looking at each other saying… “Is this really THAT crazy of an idea?”. Within the week we sent the deposit to reserve our date… at this point, we had never even been to Italy let alone seen our venue in person! Everyone thought we were crazy! It was a huge gamble but the absolute best decision we have ever made. We had the most incredible week of our lives with 100 of our closest friends and families that culminated with our breathtaking wedding day! We could never express how special it was to have all our friends and family fly to the beautiful country of Italy to celebrate with us. It was a day full of love and magic that we will truly never forget!”
We all have the travel itch right now. Hopefully we can satisfy your travel craving a little bit with this beautiful elopement in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Absolutely loving how elegant and romantic it is – after all, it is the city of love!
Linda and Gabriel’s romantic ceremony at Trocadero and wedding portraits in Paris.
Linda got it all planned out: two beautiful wedding dresses (each with unique style), pastel violet flowers, a May wedding…we’re totally in love, oh my! We cannot get enough of this sunrise Eiffel Tower view.
Trocadero is one of those places in Paris that you almost can’t believe is even real. Perfect for a small intimate celebration for two. Isn’t this location everything?
Linda styled the wedding herself and can we just talk about how unbelievably gorgeous both dresses are? Keep looking through all of the photos and you will see her beautiful style.
Love this light and playful Easter wedding inspiration from WPIC set in downtown Toronto! Gigantic golden wings set against the CN Tower accompanied with spring/Easter color scheme of green, blue, purple and pink. It was so lovely to see the shimmery iridescent tables covered in opulent china, crystal and gold and as well as the fun cotton candy-topped cocktails, and smoke bombs.
From the Planner:
This Elegant and Whimsical styled shoot took place right in the heart of Toronto at the amazing Vantage Venues on the 27th Floor overlooking Lake Ontario and the amazing city-scape.
This lovely styled shoot was actually a second wedding for our couple, Rachel and Jason. I officially married them in a beautiful, intimate Microwedding exactly one week before! The first wedding was for their family and friends, so the couple was thrilled to have a completely different wedding just for them.
The ceremony took place in front of giant golden wings set against the CN Tower as a backdrop. The white aisle runner was lined by colorful floral arrangements and elegant candles. Gold and white Louis Chairs added to the luxurious elegance of the space.
We later set up the head table against the windows over looking the Toronto waterfront and the CN Tower, with the giant gold wings. The tables were topped with iridescent linens that changed from green, to purple, to blue.
Our theme was carried through with whimsical, dreamy florals in those same colours and gorgeous place settings with blue and pink alternating china and topped with a dome of macarons. Gorgeous glassware continued the whimsically elegant feeling with each place setting having pink, blue, purple and gold-rimmed crystal. The china sat atop mirrored charger plates and was flanked by gold utensils. We also had round guest tables with the same design.
The chef at Vantage Venues created mouth watering dishes that not only looked amazing, but they were delicious! Rachel and Jason toasted their new union by sipping on champagne and cotton candy cocktails. These were a real favorite of Rachel’s (the entire team really enjoyed them!)
We then went outside to take photos in the heart of downtown, to add to the whimsy we set off a smoke bomb, again with the CN tower at their backs.
Our team of wedding planners dubbed ourselves “Team Unicorn” because of the soft spring colors and dreamy esthetics of the shoot. It was such a wonderful day and everything flowed so smoothly with such a terrific group of wedding professionals!