When vintage and rustic combine, awesome things happen. Awesome things like this darling Red Horse Barn wedding, a day that is rich in love-filled moments and whimsical details aplenty. Think burlap runners, bunting and an amazing Groundhog Day theme. All captured in beautiful images by Honey Honey Photography, this, my friends, is the perfect way to spend your Wednesday. Click here for more.
From the Bride… I honestly never really envisioned what my wedding will be like. After Andrew proposed to me, I started drawing inspirations from wedding magazines, wedding blogs, and Pinterest. Choosing a date was rather difficult. We landed on 2.2.13 because Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday and it fell on a Saturday, which was perfect for us! Also, who doesn’t love the movie?! From there, we knew we wanted to have an outdoors wedding with pretty lights and have a vintage feel to it.
We decided to go with a beautiful barn venue at the Red Horse Barn in Huntington Beach, CA. Burlap goes really well with a barn wedding, so that was the fabric where we used most in our decor and designs. I broke up the rustic-ness with floral patterns and lace. My mother-in-law made our burlap runners for the reception tables and canned most of our homemade peach and strawberry jams. The fabrics that we used for the jam jars were from her collection of scrap fabrics from over 20 years ago! There were so many floral patterns that made each favor so unique. To finish off packaging the favors, I hole-punched floral pattern papers and then, stamped our monogram on the label and tied it together with yellow bakers twine. Family and friends helped me collect many mason jars for the wedding. I wrapped the jars with lace to give that romantic feel and placed tea light candles inside for the reception tables. They turned out so pretty! Shopping for our unity sand was a bit challenging. In the end, we found a much better alternative for the unity sand: dried lavender buds (donated to us by our friend!) and white rice. They were combined in a bigger mason jar during the ceremony and it smelled so good! Groundhogs were sure to make some appearance at our wedding. We had a lovely groundhog cake topper that was of a bride and groom. Also, we stamped the back of each escort card with an image of a groundhog.
The wedding turned out so beautiful with little sprinkles of rain. (Since it was outdoors, I was definitely worried but thank goodness, it went away!) My wonderful sister-in-law, Hailey, was our day-of coordinator and she made our wedding vision come true! We also had many friends and family members help out during the wedding. Everything came together and the day was filled with so much love and laughter. My tips for the future brides are to definitely enjoy the day (because it really does go by fast!) and try not to stress out! Trust the vendors that you’ve hired because thats why theyre there. Happy wedding planning!
Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Videographer: Our Big Day Films | Floral Design: Janet Chung Of Robinsons Flowers | Wedding Cake: King's Hawaiian | Invitations: Invitations By David's Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Macy's | Catering: Chip Bragg From Ascent Events | Make-up: Amanda Santana | Hair: Jaymes Payne | Calligraphy: Fiona McNatt | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Brides Dress: David's Bridal | Cake Topper, Hanger & Guestbook: Etsy | Favors, Decor & Programs: DIY (Bride & Groom, Friends & Family) | Groom's Tie: Burberry | Music: DJ Andrew Yates | Party Rentals: Apex Tent And Party Rentals | Photobooth: Vinh Nguyen (vinh.q.nguyen@ | Photobooth: Vinh Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Venue: The Red Horse Barn | Wedding Coordination: Hailey Fynaardt (email@example.com)
I’ve pored over many a beach wedding and many a bohemian inspired affair but never one that incorporates both so perfectly. It’s the kind of pastel infused day that speaks right to my heart and all comes wrapped in a Bride with a TO DIE FOR veil. From bloom after pretty bloom by French Buckets right on through to gorgeous snapshots by Kat Harris Weddings, you can see it all right here in the full gallery.
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From Kat Harris… This sweet couple met through mutual friends at a party several years ago, and have been inseparable since. One of the really cool things about this couple is that our bride’s parents were married at Huntington Harbor Bay Club over 20 years ago! Twenty years later, and Huntington Harbor Bay Club still offers such an intimate and lovely place to get married. We love the boho chic style of this weddings from the paper flowers to their invitations to their yummy dessert bar.
Wedding Photography: Kat Harris Weddings / Venue: Huntington Harbor Bay Club in Huntington Beach, California / Floral Design: French Buckets / Tablescape Design + Styling: Mary Lallande of Jay’s Catering Sussanna Davidson of French Buckets / Catering: Jay’s Catering / Linens: Designer Specialty Linens / Wedding Stationery: Typologie & Co. / Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Wedding Dress: Watters via Marry Me Bridal / Bridal Stylist: Hope Stanley Bridal Stylist / Makeup + Hair: Remba Productions
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Dear sweet SMP Brides, you all need to take a little time today to study this next little number captured by Cory Kendra Photography. It’s obviously gorgeous and filled to the brim with stylish touches you’ll want to pin and share and covet, but you might need to sit down when I say it all cost this gorgeous Bride $7,000. It’s budget beautiful defined. And she even managed to make this gorgeous day happen for $3,000 less than her original plan. The best part? You would never in a million years be able to tell, and the proof is in the pictures. It proves that just because your budget doesn’t match the love you have for your soon to be hubby, it can still look drop-dead gorgeous. See it all here.
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From Cory Kendra Photography… This wedding is one of the sweetest and most charming weddings Ive ever had the please of shooting. What makes it so charming is that this bride and her family poured their hearts, souls, and sweat into this wedding. All of the decorations were completely DIY. These ladies did it all. The paper fans, the printed bird bag favors, small ornaments with roses inside, hanging sewing frames with lace. The couple even gave a coloring booklet with crayons to use to color for the guests and their children that attended. They created all the flower arrangements and bouquet. All of the table decorations and center pieces were heirlooms or family treasures. Guest signed wooden hearts for the couple to keep forever. Every single decoration was either DIY, family heirlooms, or the couples own personal belongings (vintage cameras, vintage dress decoration, mason jars, lace table runners). They even had m&ms that had their initials or cartoon faces of themselves. The food was prepared completely by the couples parents and family friends involving stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. They also served fresh strawberry lemonade! Delicious. All of the desserts was also made by the family, cake pops, eclairs, dipped strawberries, even the wedding cake. Her friend JC Villafan sang the recession as she walked down the isle. The brides dress was designed by her cousin Sandra and custom made for her. All of her jewelry were from her family.
This day was magical, involving a super intimate first look, a ceremony that made you feel like you were a part of the family, and a couple that radiated love for one another! This bride had a budget of under $10,000 and succeeded by only spending $7,000. No one would have been able to tell that this was a budget wedding, I had no idea until the bride told me after the fact.
Wedding Photography: Cory Kendra Photography / Wedding Venue: Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, California / Event Planning + Design: DIY by the Bride / Singer: JC Villafan / Wedding Dress: Custom made by Bride’s Cousin / Shoes: Nine West