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Details, details and more details. These photos truly speak for themselves, so I’m zipping it up and letting you swoon.

MNC Photography

Photography: MNC Photography | Catering: Family | Desserts: Family Tree Bake Shop; Family-made | Tent: Acme Tent | Wedding Gown: Casablanca, Simply Elegant Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Flowers: Costco

The second I saw this wedding, I was knocking on the photographer’s door (okay, email inbox). While it only features photos from their at-home reception, the details are insane. All of which were DIY’ed by the bride, her Mom, family and friends. It’s simple, beautiful and vintage. It’s personal, fun and sunny. Enough adjectives to get you to check out the photos. And, since there is so much awesomness, I had to split it up into two posts. Part Two is coming up this afternoon. For now, enjoy the beautiful photography and story from the Bride.

MNC Photography

From the Bride:
We were married on February 26, 2011 in Sayulita, Mexico. Since only a handful of family and friends were able to attend, an “at home” wedding reception was created at the groom’s family cottage in historic Maeystown, Illinois; the same place Max proposed. Settled within the bluffs and hollows just miles from the Mississippi river, Mayestown came to life that night with a shabby chic, country wedding for the ages! Guests enjoyed the beautiful evening outside of the pre-civil war “Thomas Fink” house with an array of beverages, including homemade sangria, margarita and hurricanes served on antique doors and benches. The outlying buildings, such as the home’s summer kitchen, were meticulously decorated with nostalgic photos of our life, including their wedding pictures from Sayulita. The food, spread across the property ranged from the lavish cheese table for noshing, to the after dinner ‘sweet box;’ all maintained the country elegance theme of the evening. Having been blessed to escape the 100% rain forecast, guest celebrated into a night that included cigars, a bonfire and dancing.

Photography: MNC Photography | Catering: Family | Desserts: Family Tree Bake Shop; Family-made | Tent: Acme Tent | Wedding Gown: Casablanca, Simply Elegant Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Flowers: Costco

Colorado Occasions

Denver, Colorado

Erica is a fabulous Denver-based Colorado whose work I was introduced to thanks to a dear friend.  She recently re-located back to her home state of Colorado after living and planning weddings in Florida. Her love for life and planning unique and personal events is infectious. Plus, she really encourages her clients to make their event what they want it to be. Not what society tells them it should be. If that’s not a girl after my own heart right there, then I don’t know what is.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
We are located out of the Mile High City, or Denver, Colorado. We love it here!! And we are world travelers – ready to hit the road wherever the next event takes us. We have planned weddings in Florida, Oregon, MEXICO, and of course all over the state.

What is your biggest inspiration when planning and / or designing a wedding?
The greatest inspiration comes from my Brides and Grooms. Nothing inspires me quite the way each individual couple does; there is something special to be said about each one and I love to focus on their uniqueness so that it definitely shines through in every aspect of their big day. I really strive to make their day incomparable to any other, and I’m talking about more than color scheme, flowers and monograms!

What got you interested in event planning? Did you start out in weddings?
I have always been a planner, and super organized! No detail is too small in my eyes. Whether it was our high school groups Halloween party, a friends surprise birthday party in college, or a charity kickball tournament – I seem to gravitate toward making the impossible possible (and making it look good too!). I was offered the opportunity to work for a premier planner in Tampa, Florida and I took the opportunity with guns blazing. I fell madly in love with the wedding and event industry… and Voila! Here I am today, starting my second company here in Colorado.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
What sets me apart is my desire to help create something that is so distinctive that its unmistakable who’s wedding it is. I’ll refer back to question #2 about what inspires me – and I’m passionate about creating such an experience that not only my B&G won’t forget it, but their guests wont either. I think weddings should be catered to the B&G, and not the B&G catering to what is deemed “a wedding”… a little personality is just what I look to infuse in every wedding. I also like to think that my experience, education and expertise not only proves to be helpful, but I strive to be a resource to all my couples – giving direction, suggestion and insight (and of course FUN) into the wedding planning process!

What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
I named my Boston Terrier Murphy after Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. He seems to hold himself to that!

When you’re not busy planning weddings for couples, how do you like to spend your downtime?
I would have to say (when I’m not playing with my two pups, Sadie and Murphy), you can find me cooking, or enjoying a good movie. I cherish Sunday’s during football season (Go Broncos!) and during the summer’s you will find me outdoors camping and hiking 14ner’s.

What’s not the love? The saturated color, the bow (ahh, the bow!!!), and the peep toe!

Steve Koo Photography

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Today’s real wedding is drenched in color. In an oh so beautiful and fun way. With splashes of green and contemporary floral design, Angie and Erik’s wedding is also a nod to how they met – while in school at Indiana University. And, the icing on the cake? The photography is by bobbi + mike. Score!  Thanks to Social Butterfly for sending the wedding our way!

bobbi + mike

From Social Butterfly:
We were so thrilled to be a part of Angie and Erik’s wedding on September 5, 2010. As a former butterfly and current event planner, Angie designed and planned her stunning wedding down to their very smallest detail. The ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception were decorated with beautiful green, black, and white touches.

Since the bride and groom started dating while attending Indiana University, returning to the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) on campus was very meaningful for the two of them. The ceremony, which took place in the Tree Garden Suite, was fun and light-hearted as the wedding party walked down the aisle to some of the couple’s favorite love songs by Colbie Calliat, John Mayer, and Jason Mraz. Adding more personal touches, the groom’s aunt, Julie Alvarez, read an excerpt from Dr. Suess’s “The Places You Will Go.” Angie and Erik’s ceremony was a perfect expression their own young, happy-go-lucky personalities.

Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the IMU’s Solarium for a quick cocktail hour, which was beautifully decorated with countless green and white paper lanterns and dramatic green lighting. Immediately after, the extravagant reception in Alumni Hall was revealed featuring modern floral designs, vivid lighting, fun table settings, and more! Throughout the night, more entertainment was available for guests, including a photo booth and caricature artist. Upbeat music continually played and guests danced into the early morning hours.

Photographer: bobbi + mike | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Indiana Memorial Union | Wedding Coordinator: Social Butterfly | Florist: Artful Blooms | DJ: Dance Machine | Hair and Makeup: Stacey Mayo & Co. | Lighting: Big Picture Productions | Linens: Chair Covers and Linens | Ceremony / Reception Chair Rental: Premier Events | Photo Booth: Memento Photo Booth | Caricature Artist: Karen Kovich

Simpli Photography

It really is no secret that eco-friendly weddings have a big place in my heart. Living sustainable is something my husband and I do on a regular basis, so it just fires me up to see couples incorporating sustainability into their soirees. While, it’s not always easy to do, there are small steps you can take to make it happen. And, when Sara of Eco-Vintage Weddings wanted to share her wedding, I was obviously on board. Her details are beautiful, thoughtful, and in many cases sustainable. Planning an eco-friendly wedding was one of her goals. Plus, she and her husband, Jordan, were wed right here in the Midwest – more brownie points! I hope you enjoy her wedding as much as I did!

Creative Kindling

From the Bride:
We firmly believe that our wedding day (July 17, 2010) was the warmest day of the summer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2010. We had
ambitious hopes of taking the majority of our photos outside, but we quickly realized that the weather wasn’t conducive to that. Luckily,
my alma mater, Augustana College, where we were married, had many beautiful spots for us to wander around that either were completely
indoors, or we could at least travel through buildings and jump outside for a few minutes to get the shot, and then return to the air conditioning! My dad also kept us hydrated that day by bringing us bottles of water at the perfect time.

Jordan and I spent many a night and weekend designing all of our wedding stationery; we even locked ourselves in Jordan’s one-bedroom
apartment for an entire weekend (in the terrible heat of summer without air conditioning!) to finalize our ceremony programs! We watched the entire “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy that weekend, and to date, it’s one of my fondest memories of wedding planning.

Our reception centerpieces included 1-2 birdhouses (my mother collects birdhouses, so we honored her by incorporating pieces from her
collection. The birdhouses also brought in our nature-inspired, eco-friendly vibe; since she already owned the birdhouses, we didn’t need to purchase centerpieces, thereby reducing our waste impact!), a wedding photo of our relatives, a wooden letter “G” that I painted ivory and distressed, and a sign, explaining our centerpiece choices and our commitment to being eco-friendly. We also made napkins out of fabric that we purchased locally, and folded cootie catchers with trivia about my husband and I as a couple. Lastly, tucked inside the napkins on the tables was a ticket to our Photobooth, encouraging guests to take 5 minutes in the photobooth that we made.

To remain eco-friendly, we chose paper that was made from recycled paper (at least partially). The candles that we utilized at our wedding ceremony were either beeswax or soy, which are better for the environment, as beeswax and soy candles are lead-free, long-burning and made from renewable resources. Our florist purchased flowers from a local flower market, which helped to reduce our carbon footprint, since we did not need to have special blooms shipped in. Many of our details were handmade items from Etsy. While this isn’t necessarily an eco-friendly choice per se, we felt that it was important to support handmade, so it’s included on our list for that reason. By being conscious about where our decor was coming from (either from our homes or from Etsy) and by making super-easy choices regarding paper goods and materials, we were able to put together an event that strived for sustainability, which we felt confident about.

Photography: Creative Kindling | Florist: The Flower Shop | Ceremony Venue: Augustana College Chapel of Reconciliation | Reception Venue: Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science | Wedding Dress: Happily Ever After Bridal Salon | Birdcage Veil: Symphony Bridal | Hair: Salon Ne-Zhoni | Tuxedo: Evelyn’s Floral & Formalware | Guestbook Tree: Lovliday | Etsy sellers: Paloma’s NestOatmeal Lace DesignLeahLeahThe Lucky Button, Y&E Bridal, BPoeticNomsaWhisker Graphics, Whisker Worksgalla 15EarmarkARemarkYouMadeQACreateBoutiqueSophia | Wedding Cakes: HyVee Bakery, Sioux Falls, SD

Sometimes I don’t always show purple the amount of respect it deserves. It can be this truly enchanting, romantic and bold color. Especially when it comes in the form of this gemstone shade. Just gorgeous.

Blink of an Eye Photography

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Kate Botwinski Photography

From the Photographer, Kate:
Bekki was an art teacher in Arkansas and Andrew was in the Navy in Baltimore while they were wedding planning for the big day. They mastered a long-distance relationship, and they both glowed on their wedding day. Bekki was busy working on all of the details of their DIY wedding from afar. She handmade the programs, lovebird place cards, painted the many signs posted throughout the property, and collected vintage windows and frames to hang throughout the barn for added character. The wedding was so adorable and the barn was beautifully transformed.

The couple tied the knot with Andrew’s dad as their pastor, and hosted more than 300 guests in Andrew’s family’s red barn. One of our favorite parts of their ceremony was watching them pour sand from two vases into one vase; sand that they had each collected from the monumental locations of their childhood. Guests were moved as we all watched them literally take pieces of their past and devote themselves to living one life together. Bekki was her college softball team’s pitcher, so for one of her locations, she gathered sand that she used to compete on. Andrew included sand from his current Naval base. After being pronounced husband and wife, the couple and their friends ran through the sunshine-filled fields jumping and cheering in celebration. It was such a lovely event to witness.

The evening commenced with yard games, cocktails, and dancing under the twinkly lights in the barn. Bekki and Andrew kicked off their marriage by running through a human hallway of sparklers, and I think you could hear their laughter all the way down the winding country roads of Southern Minnesota.

Ceremony / Reception Venue: Private Residence | Dress: Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique | Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney | Floral Designer: Jan Folie* | Cake: Nathan Olsen* | Rings: Chappius Jewelry

*Floral design and cake were provided by friends of the family.

Hinojosa Photography