It feels like I’m gushing about my permagrin, brought on by a beautiful wedding, every day (it’s an occupational hazard!) but today. Oh today. It’s the permagrin to end all permagrins. From here on out, my smile will just get bigger and bigger and it’s all starting because of this stunning wedding from Photo Love and Rose of Sharon. It’s happy, it’s playful, and it’s prettier than I thought pretty could be.
From the gorgeous bride… My overall inspiration was really based on how we both wanted the wedding to “feel like”. We wanted a minimal, intimate, vintage inspired, with a touch of whimsical that really represented both of our personalities. I always dreamed of a secret garden type of wedding, with a flower crown, woodland critters and ethereal touches that were classic and fairy-like. Our colors were gold, peach, and seafoam green which is a tricky color, so choosing colors within the same color family really helped.
Squirrels are one of my favorite animals so I had to make sure that I snuck them in somewhere. Our cake topper was a squirrel bride & cat groom, which definitely highlighted our quirky personalities. For my bridesmaids, I took inspiration from Glamelia bouquets that were very popular in the 1950’s. So I wanted oversized and single flower bouquets made from paper that really embodied the whimsical spirit I was trying to capture.
I fractured my foot 3 months before the wedding and was not able to wear the heels I had planned on wearing. Luckily I found some seafoam colored Vans that were not only practical, but also a personal reminder of the day that I met my husband. I met him wearing Vans, and married him wearing Vans. It was pretty funny to have skate shoes hidden underneath my giant girly wedding dress—definitely stayed true to who I am.
For our guestbook we wanted to have pictures of everyone who showed up at the wedding, so we had a photo booth that allowed us to create.
The day could not have been more perfect. It was everything I had dreamed of and more. We were surrounded by friends and family who had been there from the very beginning, and we were finally able to “officially” proclaim our love after 8 years of dating. A few minutes before I walked down the aisle, our planner calmly told me that our altar had fell from a gush of wind and the glass vases that hung had shattered. I remember being extremely nervous that our altar had fell, about remembering my vows, but as soon as I saw him the world stopped and I felt a sense of calm. I didn’t hear the music, I didn’t see who was there, and I didn’t care about the altar–all I saw was him. That really was the best moment of my life! It was actually a good thing the altar fell, because it really opened up the view for our ceremony.
After the ceremony, we finally got to celebrate with our friends and family and dance the night away! Every moment went beautifully, and we were both so overwhelmed with the amount of love we were surrounded by. We were so happy to see everyone dancing, even some who usually shy away from dancing. Instead of sparklers or birdseed, we set off a lantern with both of our parents and filled it with blessings and good tidings for our new life together. It was really special and something I will remember forever.
Photography: Photo Love | Event Planning: Inspired Grace | Floral Design: Rose of Sharon Floral Designs | Cakes: Rick's Bakery | Invitations: Teal Typewriter | Ceremony Venue: Whitney Mountain Lodge | Bride's Shoes: Vans | Jewelry: Nadri | Catering: The Event Group | Makeup Artist: Face Your Day Studios | Hair: Bo Senesomxay | Lighting: CWP Productions | Entertainment: Brock Entertainment | Tuxes: Mr. Tux | Bride's Dress: She Said Yes | Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Platypus Papers | Event Rentals: Intents Party Rentals | Groom's Tux: Joseph A. Bank | Men's Grooming: Face your Day Studios | Photobooth: Dancenhance Entertainment | Wedding Rings: Blakeman's Fine Jewelry