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DIY Farm Wedding

I need to be best friends with this bride.  I mean, not only is she seriously skilled at crafting a gorgeous wedding (she is the Lauren of Lauren Field Design, after all), she rocked a gray ombre gown on her wedding day.  Yes, she is just.that.cool.  And every last minute of DIY goodness captured by Moondance Photography?  Stunning.  See it all right here.

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Fall
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Farm
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DIY

From the Bride… Our story has so many one-in-a-million unexpected moments, and I knew our wedding wouldn’t be much different. Peter and I met at a pub in Dallas (where he just so happened to be transferred for work temporarily) where we had both never visited, on a Thursday night, while I was celebrating my acceptance to grad school. Even though I was moving soon, we decided to give a relationship a try. After over two years of having a long-distance relationship, Peter decided to propose during one of my summer visits to see him. He completely went over the top, and got down on one knee in a hot air balloon while we were viewing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With my new amazing custom ring (a French cut black diamond with a pave setting) to set the stage, I began to dream about the wedding.

I come from a long lineage of creative “makers” that fabricate with their hands through many mediums. I’m formally trained as an architect, and I’ve had an affinity for small delightful details for as long as I can remember, and I knew I wanted to have my hands in the whole design process. The foundation of my design ideas for the wedding began with my dress. After trying on a multitude of dresses that just didn’t feel like “me” I finally found the one, but it still needed a little something else. I love the avant-garde feel of monotone color palettes with textured materials, and decided I wanted my dress dyed ombre gray. Thus our colors became gray and white, with pops of green. I wanted the materials we used, and where we were to be in their “essence” and show organic wear and patina.

This wedding was a true collaboration of many friends and family. It would not have been possible without many “snack & wine” bribes for endless fabric cutting and many DIY projects. We wanted our wedding to be as if we were inviting everyone over for dinner and wanted one long table, so we kept it to a small 60 person count. As an architect, the intimacy of the space we would hold the reception in was very important to me. We chose the venue because of its beauty and natural phenomena of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as well as the antiquity of the barn.

Our first look was one of my favorite parts, as Peter knew my dress was custom, but didn’t know what to expect. Peter is from Ukraine, and it was amazing incorporating the traditions from his homeland into our ceremony, favors, and reception. This was a true day of love, as my step father was the officiant and my mother walked me down the aisle (to a beautiful Mad Men song called “Sally’s Story” by David Carbonara). Our vows were a surprise, even to us, as my step-father acquired them from an elderly friend in his eighties, and called me one day to tell me he read them and he cried as they were so lovely and based on friendship. We enjoyed every minute of this day, and will remember it always!

All décor was DIY by the me: garlands, ceremony backdrop, fabric ball aisle décor, centerpieces, signs, magnet favors, graphic design, chandeliers, self-sourced vintage vases, napkins, silverware, DIY cake topper by the bride’s mother, DIY boutonnière, and mad libs.

Photography: Moondance Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Cake: Heavenly Treats by Natasha | Catering: Hendri's Catering | Hair: Jordan Byers Of Salon N Fuse | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Mike Konos | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade NY | Bridal Veil: Tessa Kim | Bride's Bracelet: Vintage | Bride's Jewelry: Robert Chiarella Via Merci New York | Candy Buffett: Lauren Field Design | Event Styling & Floral Design: Lauren Field Design | Floral Design Assistance: Alex Orosco Design | Invitation Design: Lauren Field Design | Invitation Paper: Paper Source | Makeup: Yuriko Hegay Of Studio Y Salon | Venue: Kuhs Farm & Estate | Wedding Dress Customizations: Marie McInerney

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Modern DIY Kansas City Wedding

There’s something about a modern wedding that pulls me in EVERY time. The clean lines, the crisp design and the effortless infusion of style everywhere you look. It pretty much sums up all the reasons I adore this Kansas City affair with DIYed details handcrafted by the bride and groom. Meagan (and) Nate + Village Video Productions captured the day and you can click right here for so much more.

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Fall
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Ballroom
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Modern

From the Bride… When Shane and I met four years ago, we both knew we had found our perfect match in the other person. We were both family-oriented, creative, passionate and out-of-the-box thinkers. So when it came time to plan our wedding, it’s no surprise that all of those attributes poured into design of each aspect of our wedding day.

For our style, we always referenced the words ‘modern romance.’ We wanted to maintain the beautiful, classic elements of a traditional Jewish wedding, but also to keep things clean and simple where we could. Our venue truly spoke to that dichotomy. The ceremony location was a 1920s style cocktail lounge, with black walls, gold trimming and leather tufted couches. When guests stepped out to the cocktail hour and reception area, they entered a fresh, clean white space that let the décor speak for itself. No extras, no fluff. To us, throwing a great party is an essential part of any wedding, so we made sure to find a great band to help everyone dance through the night. Our caterer also did a great job in selecting foods that matched our eclectic taste and picky presentation style. (And – as a bonus – it was all kosher, to meet the needs of some of our guests!).

To cut down on costs without sacrificing quality, Shane and I chose to do a lot right out of our Chicago apartment. We designed all our invitations and stationery together, and the money saved allowed us to splurge a bit more on other aspects of the wedding. The design flexibility also allowed us to be extra picky, and incorporate design elements like a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pattern, as an homage to Shane’s architecture background and our life together in Chicago (after being long distance for 3 years!). Our escort cards were tied to a pack of four different postcards that I designed, some of which had cute notes about Kansas – where we are both from. We wrote our table names on gold mirrors from IKEA, and each table represented a special place from our lives. Shane also made the guestbook by hand, which was a hardwood book in which guests could insert notes for us to read later. His parents devoted hours to making a gorgeous chuppah that embodied our modern romantic style, and a large black & gold sign for our J|S logo. For the reception, we had the chuppah moved to be above our table – which looked beautiful and saved on extra flowers for the sweetheart table!

In the end, Shane and I had a perfect wedding day that we truly designed from the ground-up.

Photography: Meagan (and) Nate | Videography: Village Video Productions | Wedding Dress: April Bridal | Floral Design: Craig Sole Design | Ceremony Venue: Kill Devil Club | Reception Venue: The Gallery Event Space | Brides Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bridesmaids Dresses: April Bridal | Caterer: Steve Ellenberg | Ceremony Pianist: Isabel Keleti | Day-of-coordination: Organized Chaos KC | Getting Ready Hotel: Hilton President | Groom/Groomsmen Shirts: ASOS | Groom/Groomsmen Suits: H&M | Groom/Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar | Invitation Calligraphy: For The Love of Letters (Erin Barrett) | Invitation Letterpress Printing: Steracle Press | Reception Band: Lenny Klinger & The Galaxy | Wedding Website: Wix

Industrial Glam Gold + Glitter Wedding

If my crazy heart palpitations are any indication of the special-ness of this wedding, you’re about to see something off the charts special. From Untamed Heart Photography, it’s all gold glitter this, industrial glam that, and at the center is maybe the best smile I’ve ever seen!


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Fall

My theme was sort of… industrial glam with a few other themes in the undercurrent.
I love all things industrial. My original hope was for Philip and I to be married in a vintage shoe factory since we fancy ourselves shoe collectors.

The repeated themes throughout the wedding were:
1 – The colors: grey, burgundy/oxblood, gold and black
2 – Shoe logo (on invitation, paper materials at wedding, on custom pillow in lounge area and we played the shoe game)
3 – Games – we love games so we had a custom tic-tac-toe, Yahtzee dice, ping-pong and we gave away playing cards as our guest gift.
4 – Light bulbs: We had a light bulb paper clip in the invitation, we had hanging pendent lights at the ceremony. At the reception, light bulbs were in marquee signs, in vases, acted as bud vases and there was a light bulb curtain.

We were married in a beautiful garden by a small pond, but then had the contrast of industrial pipe with hanging pendent lights. Then at the reception, the room was all cement and pipe and brick, so I wanted very natural, neutral flowers with a pop of burgundy. We popped the burgundy with my jewelry, my shoes, Phil’s accent color in the shoes he designed and then my bouquet had lots of burgundy/oxblood in it. There were bud vases with the burgundy color, the napkins were burdundy etc. Also, we had a gorgeous vintage burgundy couch in a seating area at the reception. It was one of my favorite pieces in the room.

Then, we walked down the aisle to “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake!!! Everyone who knows us knows that we love hip hop and pop, so playing anything too formal just didn’t feel right for US.The song “Mirrors” actually made another appearance later in the wedding. My sister, Lindsay surprised us at the wedding with a video she made. She reached out to all of our guests – even those that could attend who were oversees with the military, a friend in Australia, Greece etc… and they all submitted videos of themselves lip sinking and dancing to “Mirrors”. My sister then made a music video out of all the clips and surprised us with it at the wedding. It was incredible and the most amazing gift and memory that we will have forever. Here is the link:

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***From the Groom*** Our photographer really was amazing. Michelle at Untamed Heart Photography was literally a part of the wedding; I could not have imagined us getting married without her there! The atmosphere that she created, her ability and willingness to get to know us was unparalleled. She rocks and was invaluable to us.

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Gown: Theia | Gown: Theia | Floral Design: Tina Barerra | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist | Invitations:: DIY | Ceremony Venue: Lafayette Park | Reception Venue: Neo On Locust | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Bride's Hairpiece: Whitney Alyssa | Custom Lighting: Aries Company | Dessert: Cold Stone Creamery | Groom/groomsmen Shoes: Custom Nike | Hair/Make Up: Lalo Salon

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