I feel like everyone I know that isn’t already married has been getting engaged this spring, and a lot of them are planning fall weddings. Today’s wedding is wonderful inspiration for a fall soiree, with the rich color palette, lawn games, and apple cider bar. Danielle and Shane’s personalities also shine through, whether they’re skipping through a field, sipping from some special “wine glasses”, or holding their little boy. This was definitely a day of celebrating love, pulled together with the help of family and friends.
From the Bride:
Shane and I met on what is not the fairly obsolete MySpace. We welcomed our son Gray 3 years later. Shane and I talked on/off about getting married from the beginning. FINALLY in late February of 2012 Shane took me ring shopping… We went to Wedding Day in Burnsville and I picked out 4 rings that I absolutely loved. On April 9, the same day, Shane picked it up!! It burned a hole in his pocket so bad he almost proposed in the middle of Menards…but was able to hold out until we got home later that day. He met me in the door way of our house, got down on one knee and asked me to be his hunting buddy for life, to be his best friend and his wife (not the exact wording, but it’s a little fuzzed in my brain from the good kind of shock). Of course I said YES!
We originally were not going to set a date right away, but in the end we did: Saturday October 19, 2013.
First thing on the list…find a venue that would hold his enormous family! I came across the Crow River Winery out in Hutchinson MN…could hold up to 400 people–our kind of place! It was still in the process of being finished construction wise, but Shane and I took a tour and knew it was the place. We booked it that day… May 2012.
The process really wasn’t anything truly exciting. I bought things here and there, scoured Pinterest for ideas/inspiration, and leaned quite a bit on my dear friends Stefanie and Stacy who did all my flowers, pulled ideas together for me and thought up the awesome cider/cupcake bar! They also decorated the entire reception…they were the best!
The day went wonderfully! It was cold, but beautiful. I was so calm and collected through my hair and make up. The girls started getting their dressed on and when that big, beautiful dress came down over my head, that was the end of it…!
I will never forget our first dance to Trampled by Turtles “Alone” or when it all hit me during the Grand entrance that it all happened…finally making that step with my love that we had talked about taking for 6 years.
I wouldn’t change a thing about that day or the people in it. We were surrounded by loved ones and dear friends and that is how it should be!!
Monograms are chic and preppy and the perfect addition to any aspect of your wedding day. Monograms are especially fun on wedding day because the bride gets to begin using her new monogram and what better time to start? Not only can monograms be used as decor throughout the ceremony and reception or on stationery pieces, but monograms also make great gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen too. Monograms are also great to incorporate into a bridal shower. Not to mention, there are so many different ways you can make a monogram your own (not just with your letters) but by various different styles and placements. Here are a few fabulous ways to incorporate monograms into your every aspect of your wedding day!
Katelyn James Photography
KT Merry via Inspired by This
Antiquaria via Burnett’s Boards
Kelly Hornberger via Southern Weddings
Bloom Designs via Hostess with the Mostess
Shannon Cronin Photography via Project Wedding
Kaitie Bryant Photography via Style Me Pretty
Flowers are an intricate part of every wedding day from the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets to the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to the ceremony decor and reception centerpieces. There are so many different combinations that can be done with flowers to set the perfect mood for your special day, but lately, pink peonies have been blooming just about everywhere, and I love the elegant touch they add to any bouquet. Take a look at these gorgeous shades of pink peonies.
Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty
DelbarrMoradi via Wedding Chicks
BRAEDON PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog
One and Only Paris Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Kristin Vining via Style Me Pretty
Simply Bloom Photography, LLC via Style Me Pretty
Tara Donne via Real Simple
The Nichols via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Though in a lot of landlocked states it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, this wedding might change that! With the looming thunderstorm, succulents everywhere, and lighthearted feel, Tasha and Adam’s nuptials in my hometown had me almost able to smell the rain in the air at Forest Park.
From the Photographer:
Tasha and Adam’s wedding had a very laid-back, organic feel. The style of the day was a little vintage garden, a little country and a little industrial. Being a very laid-back girl at heart, Tasha’s look was very natural, with simple hair and makeup. She had two pairs of shoes: one sparkly pair for the ceremony, and her cowboy boots for some pictures. The ceremony, at the Jewel Box, in St. Louis’ famous Forest Park, was beautiful. A small thunderstorm rolled through during the ceremony, and it was actually really lovely to listen to the low rumble of the thunder. Luckily the rain stopped just in time to leave for pictures in Forest Park! The lush greens, whites, and purples of the flowers and trees, after the rain, perfectly matched Tasha and Adam’s wedding theme. The reception, at Sqwire’s, was a very laid-back party. Tasha and Adam’s friends gave them bean-bag goals, that featured their home states, which guest could play outside. It felt like a fun family get together; no pretenses – just love.
Ashley Rose Photography via Ruffled Blog
There is something so sweet and decadent about a French macaron for a dessert or a sweet treat. These dainty, delicate delights taste as good as they look, but the beauty of these treats makes for the gorgeous display at any high class event, especially at a wedding or bridal shower. Here are a few gorgeous macaron displays worth swooning over.
Bryce Covey via Style Me Pretty
Paula Luna via Wedding Chicks
joielala via Style Me Pretty
Jade & Matthew Take Pictures via The Knotty Bride
Elisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty
The Photography of Haley Sheffield via Style Me Pretty
Jemma Keech Photography via Style Me Pretty
Jose Villa via Brunch at Saks
My Heart Skipped via Wedding Chicks
A wedding of high school sweethearts is always a very special event. Not only is the story of the couple great, but having been together for so long, the friends and family surrounding the couple often know each other well too, so the party is full of familiar, close guests. This wedding has all of that, in addition to romantic soft details that feel just right for kicking off spring!
From the Coordinator:
Kelly and Andrew have such a fun story. They are high school sweethearts who have been together for over a decade! This dynamic made their whole wedding weekend a blast since their families and friends have been intertwined for so long.
After setup was complete and photos were done, it was time for cocktails! Even the occasional sprinkles couldn’t keep guests from the terrace as they enjoyed the amazing string quartet Artistrings and the spectacular setting.
After cocktails, guests made their way into the Pavilion for dinner. The reception was kicked off with bridal party announcements followed by the couple’s first dance. Both sets of parents welcomed guests with heartfelt toasts before the delicious dinner was served by Bauer’s Catering. During the salad course, Kelly and Andrew cut their cake, which was both beautiful and delicious.
After dinner, it was time for dancing. An important moment in the evening was the sibling dance, which really brought Kelly and Andrew’s families together. During dancing the photo booth by The Traveling Photo Booth was open and late night snacks were served. As the evening came to a close, the party really started. The bride and groom provided glow sticks, sunglasses, and other fun items for those left on the dance floor, and it made for a raucous celebration. Style Matters kept the party going strong until the very end. It was a joyous celebration for all involved!
Braedon Flynn via Inspired by This
I am seeing the glow of marquee signs in a lot of weddings as of late, and I love the detail they bring to the table. These are perfect as a backdrop, an addition to a bar or sweets table or with your new monogram or new last name. How would you love to see a marquee sign incorporated into your wedding day? Here are a few fun ideas to take a look at!
Elisabeth Carol Photography! via Wedding Chicks
ALLY MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog
Stephanie Rose Photography
Birds of a Feather Photography via Inspired by This
CarolineRo via Ruffled Blog
Erin Forehand Photography via Ruffled Blog
Stationery is an important aspect of a wedding from save the dates to invitations to ceremony programs to menus. With spring just about here, these pretty floral stationery pieces are making their way into inboxes all around the globe. Here’s a peak at a few favorite uses of floral patterns and designs on wedding day invites and stationery. Take a look!
Adrienne Gunde Photography via Style Me Pretty
Michaela Noelle via Anastasia Marie Cards
Kat Willson Photography via Ruffled Blog
Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks
Love Me Do via Ruffled Blog
Lisa Lefkowitz via Rue Mag
Nessa K Photography via Ruffled Blog
Becca Rillo Photography via Love and Lavender