We love, love, love spotting our Little Black Book Member’s designs, talents and expertise woven into your weddings. It makes our heart grow ten times to see these small business and incredible people—our friends, layering their love into celebrations all over the world. So hand-picking some of those moments is an honor. Scroll below to see a handful that pulled at our heartstrings this week!
Weddings are all about special moments, and this rustic affair is full of them. From the Bride and Groom’s sharing sweet love letters to each other before their first look to her Grandfather’s toast to his wife of 60 years and love at first sight, this day will make you smile (so will the stunning Tara Keely for JLM Couture wedding dress!). See it all from Kate Weinstein here.
From Kate Weinstein Photo…Brooke & Tristan were married at the gorgeous Farm at Dover, located between Milwaukee and Chicago.
Brooke and her maids got ready in the beautifully decorated house on the Farm at Dover’s property. Brooke wore a low-back dress by Tara Keeley, and her wild bouquet of peach, yellow, and lavender flowers perfectly complemented the navy dresses (and navy polka dot shoes) her bridesmaids wore.
Before their first look, Brooke and Tristan read side by side the love letters they had written one another. It was such a sweet moment and one of my favorites from their day.
Brooke & Tristan’s reception toasts were unique in that each person in their wedding party, their parents, and their grandparents gave toasts to the newlyweds.
In two especially memorable toasts, Brooke’s sister wrote her speech as a song, and sang her guitar-accompanied toast, and Brooke’s Grandpa spoke about how it was love at first sight when he first saw his wife of almost 60 years and Brooke’s grandma. “The first time I saw her I said that’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.. Sixty years later, I still think she’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”
There were also some DIY’ed items from the day: the Groom made the invitations and programs, the bride and groom made their own favors (honey jars), and did their own flower center pieces, and family members provided the music.
Photography: Kate Weinstein Photo | Cinematography: Moore Memories | Wedding Dress: Tara Keely | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Target | Catering: Bubb's BBQ | Hair: Dana Welch, Pure Spa Milwaukee | Venue: The Farm At Dover | Bridal Boutique: Bliss Bridal | Bride & Bridesmaid's Shoes: Modcloth | Floral Design & Event Coordination: Sally Of All Dec'd Out | Flower Girl Dress: Khambral Couture On Etsy | Groom & Groomsmen Vests: ASOS | Groom's Tie: Tie Bar | Rentals: Vintique Rentals | Ring Bearer Attire: DressesAnd On Etsy
What better reason to escape the bitter cold of winter than with a destination wedding south of the border in sunny Cancun? With a gorgeous Katie May wedding dress from Lovely Bride, a dreamy ceremony on the beach and close family and friends, this wedding wasn’t just a beautiful day—it was a beautiful beginning to happily ever after. Escape to Mexico with Meg Miller Photography here.
From The Bride…Shortly after our incredible engagement in Central Park, Justin and I both agreed that we wanted to have a destination wedding. What better place to get married in February than under the Mexican sun surrounded by our closest family and friends?! We are both from different states, so we loved the idea of having our families and friends all able to meet and spend a weekend together.
Shortly after, we chose our destination – the Excellence Playa Mujeres resort just north of Cancun. The Excellence was fabulous and really exceeded our expectations. Not only was the resort beautiful and fun, the staff was also stellar. Andrea Munguia made the wedding planning process effortless and really enjoyable.
Choosing our photographer was an easy choice for us. We are in love with Meg of Meg Miller Photography’s work, for us, it was a no-brainer to ask her to take our wedding photos! Not only is Meg a lot of fun and wonderful to work with, she is also such a talented photographer. She did a fantastic job and we’re so happy that we will forever have these photos to cherish.
Ultimately, we were very pleased with our decision to have a destination wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time.
Photography: Meg Miller Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groomsmen's Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Excellence Playa Mujeres | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride Tribeca | Bride's Veil: BHLDN
Bursting with the sweetness and sophisticated elegance only a Southern Wedding can exude so effortlessly, this beautiful blush-filled affair from SMP-fave Nancy Ray Photography is sure to take your breath away in an instant. And the best part? The whole day was filled with DIY hand lettering — from the Bridesmaids dress hangers to the reception escort cards — done by the beautiful Bride herself. Take a peek at all the pretty the full gallery here!
From Nancy Ray Photography…Caroline and Patrick had captured my heart since the time I took their engagement photos, and I knew their wedding was going to be special. They are young, but they are such old souls in love! They are so grounded, and I love that about them.
I was so impacted by the time and attention that Caroline put into every detail of her wedding. My favorite thing about the details? Her heart was selfless in creating every one. The hand-lettering and watercolor that Caroline created for her wedding were for always focused on others: for her guests on their name tags, for her bridesmaids on their custom hangers, for her family that attended the rehearsal dinner, for her husband-to-be on his hand written note. Patrick was smitten by her, and rightfully so! She looked stunning. It was a beautiful celebration!
Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Coordination: Angus Barn | Floral Design: Mews Designs | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Cinda's Creative Cakes | Invitations: Reaves Engraving | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral | Reception Venue: Angus Barn Pavilion | Catering: Angus Barn | Hair And Makeup: Make Up For Your Day | Band: Groovetown | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab
Full of feminine details and nods to Swedish traditions, this duo transformed an industrial Minneapolis event center into a vision of Scandinavian glamour. And with a team of vendors like Munster Rose (can you believe that gorgeous floral chandelier?!), Lovely Bride, Julie Swenson Beauty, The Traveling Photo Booth and Geneoh behind the camera, it was a perfect marriage of style and tradition. See it all here.
From Blush And Whim…Keeping true to the Swedish tradition of getting married in the hometown of the bride, Brita and Henrik hosted their June wedding at MUSE Event Center in the stylish North Loop of Minneapolis, MN. With a large majority of their guests traveling to Minnesota from Sweden and NYC, Brita + Henrik decided to infuse their wedding with a fresh, coastal feel, full of feminine details and thoughtful nods to Swedish tradition. Dreamy watercolor, lush florals, and airy draping and sweet white cafe lights gave the modern space the perfect touch of Scandinavian glamour. Guests were greeted with Swedish Mules and rhubarb infused cocktails before taking their seats for the ceremony. An 8 foot floral wreath/chandelier designed by the oh-so talented Jackie of Munster Rose stole the show, hanging above the couple as they said their vows and later as they danced the night away. This nordic design element was also continued in small greenery wreaths, adorned on the heads of Brita and Henrik’s many flower girls.
Cocktail hour featured a bevy of candles and vintage lounge furniture, an intimate and cozy spot to sit and enjoy the dixie land style jazz of Davina and the Vagabonds.
During the reception, white washed vineyard cross back chairs were the perfect coastal touch, accented against the raw linen, hemstitch napkins, and glassware that lined the harvest style tables. Guest were escorted to their tables with calligraphed watercolor cards, all hung on a canvas creating a lovely piece of art.
The dinner was full of Swedish traditions, complete with a Swedish “toast master” who hosted the entire dinner that featured over 15 songs, toasts, speeches and oh-so many Swedish kisses for the bride.
Photography: Geneoh | Cinematography: Harrison Film Co. | Event Styling: Vic | Floral Design: Munster Rose | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Cake: Dairy Queen | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Crave Catering | Hair And Makeup: Julie Swenson Beauty | DJ: Adagio | Band: Davina And The Vagabonds | Groom's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | String Quartet: Four Voices String Quartet | Transportation: Total Luxury | Venue: MUSE Event Center | Bridal Boutique: Lovely Bride | Event Planning & Design: Blush And Whim | Installations: Phos | Paper Goods: Emily C. Bailey | Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth | Pianist: Cheri Sykes | Rentals: Collected Vintage | Rentals: Apres Party And Tent Rental