We’ve had many a whimsical wedding grace the blog over the years and they all have one thing in common. It’s that sense of light-hearted fun and that break away from tradition that we have come to love here at SMP HQ. So in honor of all things whimsical, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite details perfect for infusing into your big day.
Fall weddings are my favorite. Especially when those affairs are tucked inside a beautiful rustic venue like Cherry Basket Farm. It’s just as you would imagine; rolling hills, colorful leaves, cozy blankets and the yummiest dinner feast. That, plus an adorable pup named Otis. Head to the gallery for even more as seen through the lens of Michelle March and be sure to hit play on the film from Lonetree Productions.
From the Bride… Growing up in Michigan, Donovan and I have always looked forward to Fall. It’s the time of year when we get to go to the apple orchard for fresh cider & donuts, take nice long drives to explore the countryside and cozy up in plaid throws!
After searching the midwest for the perfect venue we stumbled upon Cherry Basket farm in Omena, MI (only five hours North from our hometown). We, including our sheepdog, Otis, fell in love with every aspect of the venue at first sight. We wanted our guests to get an entire “fall weekend” experience during our wedding weekend. Driving to the venue you couldn’t help but get butterflies in your stomach while passing rolling green hills, birch trees with falling yellow leaves & pops of orange & vibrant reds.
To get to the ceremony site you walked down a hill, through a field and sat down on a hay bale with a vintage throw to keep warm. There were cups of cider & donuts for refreshments & a copy of “our story” which acted as the programs. In our story we included details of personal adventures from our 9 year relationship and travels around the world together.
Saying our vows was my favorite memory from our wedding (the bridesmaids and I were all barefoot). It was so magical looking around at the beautiful farm, seeing 70 of our closest friends & family and hearing the bagpipes in the distance. I noticed Donovan was wearing the tie clip I bought him after our engagement with the latitude & longitude of where we got engaged (Rock Creek, Montana); I touched it & he smiled so big… I could see everything from our relationship rush through both of our heads at the same time. Such a surreal moment.
Shockingly one of the first things we crossed off our list was finalizing the menu. Food was a very important detail to us. We had all of our favorites and everything was local/farm to table. Starting with the most delicious pumpkin soup of all time!
Growing up with a love of old things & owning a vintage shop, picking a favorite decade is very challenging for me. I love so many different things about every era and my personal style is very eclectic. It’s very common to find me wearing a blouse from the 20s with a sweater from the 70s and a modern skirt. So I wanted incorporate the 20s-70s in our wedding details. I found my 1930s wedding dress at one of my favorite vintage shops, Dear Golden. From the moment I tried it on and the peachy colored lace hit every spot just right, I knew it was the one! I didn’t have to have a single alteration made which is really really rare because I’m the alteration queen, everything in my personal closet has little tweaks. My reception dress was the complete opposite of my ceremony dress, It’s from the 50s and a super fun little party dress… it was made to dance and twirl! Another one of my favorite details was the bridesmaids dresses, I assigned each of them with a decade that suited them best starting with the 20s-70s and they got to pick they’re ivory dresses! It was such a fun process, all the bridesmaids were really happy with their dresses and can wear them again! I styled them with the same shoes and accessories (Swedish Hasbeens and custom gold twig bracelets from Dallas Maynard).
Photography: Michelle March | Videography: Lonetree Productions | Wedding Dress: Dear Golden | Flowers: FiftyFlowers | Cake: Chimoski Bakery | Shoes: Anthropologie | Engagement Ring: Ageless Heirlooms | Wedding Bands: Dallas Maynard | Catering: Cherry Basket Farm | Hair And Makeup: Emily White | DJ: Eternal Entertainment Group | Grooms Suit: Brooks Brothers | Belt: BHLDN | Bow Ties And Ties: Fox And Brie | Cake Topper And Signs: First Snowfall | Groom's Suspenders: Sun Mark Studio | Grooms Wedding Band: Hersteller | Pinetree Favors: Green World Project | Reception Dress: Lived In | Rentals: Fancy Fray | Ring Box: End Grain Wood Shop | Tie Clip: Spiffing Jewelry | Veil: Lost Girls Vintage | Vintage Stamps: Darling One | Wedding Invitation: Ello There | Wedding Venue: Cherry Basket FarmBHLDN is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
My dears, raise your hand if you’re ready for spring (I’ve got them both up over here!). If anything, this never-ending wintry mess has me dreaming daily about long light-filled days, chilled cocktails and bridesmaids dresses in perfect palettes from Ceremony by Joanna August.
Created in 2008, the Joanna August line truly defies the typical bridesmaid dress. Beautifully made in amazing fabrics and fabulous styles, these pretties not only can be worn time and time again, but honestly make your ladies feel amazing. Offering a stunning array of silhouettes in the season’s best palettes, Joanna August lets your personality (and amazing taste!) shine through in every aspect of your big day.
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To Win: Contest begins on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10AM PST and ends on Friday March 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. All entries will be judged by a panel of Joanna August employees based on: inclusion of a minimum of three images from the Joanna August website, creatively chosen images and the use of all images to best express your ideal wedding color palette! Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at on the Joanna August site.
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I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of boudoir can be a bit intimidating but in the right hands, it’s nothing short of perfection. This session is stripped down to the natural beauty of the Bride. A beauty thoughtfully enhanced by Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup and styled by Summer Watkins. And then there’s the photographs by Jose Villa that could stand alone as pure works of art. See even more here.
From Mar… Of course it’s always a pleasure to work with Jose Villa! This was a special shoot because it was for one of Jose’s amazing workshops in Italy.
I wanted the look to be soft and to enhance her beauty. I chose to only soft waves and added in our Team Bridal extensions for some extra volume. I love effortless hair, no one has to know it took an hour to create! With her makeup I wanted totally natural skin and only winged liner and some highlighting in the right places. Makeup can often be distracting in boudoir and I wanted the man behind the camera to see her and not her makeup! Oh and we must not forget her wardrobe, wowza! Summer did an amazing job pulling pieces which are romantic and soft, just like the style of the shoot!
Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Hair And Makeup: Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup | Models: I Love Management | Models : Casting Italy | Veil: Preston & Olivia | Villa : Villa Cetinale | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins