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Springfield Wedding by Edyta Szyszlo Photography

There is nothing I love more than a perfect mix of styles. When rustic elements are paired with more modern details, it makes for quite the gorgeous wedding and a killer pair of heels never hurts either. This Springfield wedding has all of the above plus beautiful images by Edyta Szyszlo Photography and it’s even boasting its own WEDDING BEER! It definitely doesn’t get better than that. See more from the day here!

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From Edyta Szyszlo PhotographyAmanda and Joel married May 28, 2011 in Springfield, MO. I was the photographer for the super sweet day! I flew in from San Francisco during the week of extremely unsteady weather (Joplin had just been hit with deadly tornadoes) so my fingers were crossed that mother nature would give us a break. Turns out she did! They had what I like to call a rustic vintage meets hints of modern wedding. Joel is an architect that was part of the designing team of their reception space. So they knew as soon as the plans were drawn for the space to be renovated that they would host their celebration at the Savoy. From that moment on, they sourced their favorite finds, handmade their goodies and threw a “different” kinda wedding for the area they live in.

From the Bride…As soon as I started looking at wedding blogs, I was instantly drawn to the more organic, rustic styles.  Joel and I also wanted a reception venue that had an outdoor space.  Since Joel did the Savoy renovation, he had been taking me there from the time they started construction, and it took us almost no time to put our deposit down.  With the space having such a vintage feel, I wanted to tie my original ideas with some vintage touches (insert thrift store/vintage shop purchases here!).  And the “vintage, rustic” theme was born.  Also, I was lucky because Joel and I have very similar taste, so any idea’s I brought to him, he loved.

My best piece of advice for other brides, be true to yourself.  If I had a dollar for every weird look I got when people asked me what color’s I was using and I said, “um…we really don’t have a color,” or every time my coordinator called our theme “country” we probably could have paid for our wedding two times over.  But, that didn’t detur us, we knew we wanted something that was outside the box (at least for our area), and completely non-traditional.  We stuck to our guns and ended up with our perfect day! Also, you don’t have to spend a ton to have your “dream” wedding.  If you give yourself enough time, and prioritize what is important to you (both) you can have your dream without breaking the bank.  Don’t skimp on the important items (for us photographer, entertainment, venue(s), and food), and get creative with the things that are lower priority (for us cake and flowers).  Another tip is to use city owned venue’s, very affordable!  Art Gallery’s are bonus because you have to do little to no decorating!

Wedding Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Ceremony Location: Creamery Arts Center / Reception Location: The Savoy / Floral Design: Artistry in Bloom / Cupcakes: Amycakes Bakery / Cake Pops: Bride + Friends of the Bride / Coordination + Rentals: Aflair Events / Bluegrass Band: Ben Miller Band / Trolley: A-1 Limousine / Bride’s Make-up: Marissa Whitley / Bride’s Hair: Hannah Short at A Valeria Boss Salon / Wedding Dress + Veil: Karl’s Bridal / Bride’s Reception Dress: Nostalgia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nostalgia / Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groomsmen Vest: Ebay / Groomsmen Tie Clips: Keys & Memories / Favors: Wheat Beer made by The Groom / Wedding Invitations + Save the Date: Wedding Paper Divas / Centerpieces + Decor: DIY

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A Beautiful Mess Wedding by Arrow & Apple

For anyone that knows, loves or stalks the fabulous Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess, you have officially hit the wedding jackpot. Because the lovely, oh-so-lovely, crazy talented doll of a blogger has offered to share her recent wedding with us here on SMP. Yep. She chose Style Me Pretty to show off her beautiful, messy, take your breath away wedding and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And with Arrow & Apple behind the lens, it’s like a blogger’s dream come true with one pic after another that is sure to turn Pinterest into an all out feeding frenzie. So you have to PROMISE me that you’ll check out the gallery, where there is so much more handmade Elsie goodness and check back in a bit because Elsie helped us craft the PERFECT Buying Guide!

And if those magical photographs weren’t enough…please, take a peek at this baby by Goodwin Films

Elsie & Jeremy | May 15th 2011 from Goodwin Films on Vimeo.

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From the crazy talented brideWhen Jeremy and I envisioned our wedding day, we wanted it to be really personal. I’m a designer and he’s a song writer, so we spent a lot of time and energy on pretty visuals and our music selection. I own a boutique and we chose to host our ceremony on the third floor of our building, above my shop. The space is open with huge windows and peeling wallpaper. The ceilings are partially exposed. It’s a really amazing old building. We loved the idea of holding our ceremony here because we knew we’d be the first couple ever to get married in that spot! Our aisle was covered in white feathers and the flower girls threw colored feathers as they walked down the aisle.

My sister walked down the aisle with her puppy. That was our “something borrowed” from a friend’s wedding last year. Our family has a love for pugs (we have three) so I’m happy that one of them got to walk down the aisle!

For the dresses I chose vintage lace inspired dresses with bright jewel toned tights. The girls had amazing beehives and looked like they came straight out of a 50s movie! My dress was by Orla Kiely. She’s my all time favorite designer, so it only seemed right.

After our rehearsal dinner we had a bouquet making party. All of the girls made their own bouquet. I loved how each one was different. We made velvet flowers and mixed them with roses, daisies and feathers. I made all the boutonnieres with pretty feathers I found on Etsy. They were really fun to make and even cuter than flowers, I thought. I made my grandmothers’ corsages with feathers and vintage brooches and our mothers’ bouquets with feather birds.

Our reception was styled with vintage lamps, lace and jewel tones. My favorite details were the raspberry cupcakes and the hand painted holga cameras on the tables. We chose signature cocktails and my favorite was the raspberry mojito. For dinner, we chose heart shaped pancakes.

My favorite memory from the reception was when we were dancing. I told Jeremy that I was so happy and he said, “I’m sad it’s almost over.” I thought that was cute. Always a good thing to hear from your husband after so many long months of wedding planning!

In our memories the day has a warm glow about it. We loved every moment!

Wedding Photography: Arrow & Apple / Cinematography: Goodwin Films / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Red Velvet (The Bride’s Boutique) / Wedding Reception Venue: Savoy Ballroom / Wedding Reception Design: Sharon Taylor and Stylizing by Kendra Skinner of Lonie Mae /Bride’s Shoes: Harajuku Lovers via ModCloth (Red Shoes) + Swedish Hasbeens via Olivine Atelier (Silver Shoes) / Bride’s Dress: Orla Kiely via BHLDN / Hair: Holly Neufeld + Sarah Lockhart / Wedding Invitations: Ello There / Flowers: DIY, The Bridesmaids / Desserts: Emma Chapman, Sister of the Bride / Engraved Forks: Lisa Leonard / Gelato: Gelato Mio / Fringe Banners: Nice / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage + ModCloth / Bride’s Head Piece: Vintage / Men’s Ties: Vintage

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Midwest Wedding by Katie Day and Sharon Taylor Designs

This is such a cute love story, seriously killing me with the adorableness. This bride and groom met on…are you ready for this…eHarmony. Love it. And their sweet as pie courtship ended with a fabulous DIY wedding in the Midwest. Photographed by Katie Day, with styling by Sharon Taylor Designs, this is a study in all things bright and lovely. DIY brides, be sure to take notes and hop over to the gallery for lots, lots more.

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From the Bride:

Jeremy had been hinting he had a surprise for me, but would not give any hints as to what it was. We were about to ride our bicycles to the Ozark Empire Fair, when Jeremy told me to close my eyes and not open them until he told me to. When he said to open them, he was down on one knee holding a ring and asked me to marry him. While very sweet, his simple proposal seemed odd to me because he usually likes to do things in a big way. When I asked him why he had not planned a more elaborate proposal, he said, “Because when I finally received the ring, I just couldn’t wait any longer and just wanted to hear you say ‘yes.’

From Sharon Taylor:

Nicole designed the invitations and stationery based on “historic forms of communication,” including using a postcard, telegram, and train ticket style for the save the date, invitation, and program. This theme was then carried out throughout the wedding, using old telephones, rubber stamps photo holders, and old radios as décor. Nicole enjoys history, old buildings, and antiques and the groom is a history teacher, so the historic feel of the stationery and wedding was right up their alley.

Photography: Katie Day / Design and Coordination: Sharon Taylor Designs / Venue: The Historic Firehouse, Springfield, MO / Bridal Bouquets: The Orchid Lady / Bouts: Sharon Taylor Designs + Bride collaboration / Floral Centerpieces and Art Direction: Kendra Skinner / Catered by: Buckingham BBQ / Cakes: Linda Rhine {Bride’s aunt} / Videographer: Nichole Lemmon Productions / String Quartet: Joyful Sounds / Live Band: Matt Harp Trio / Dress: Norman’s Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew / Tuxes: Jim’s Formal Wear / Service Ware: RSVP

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